St. Mary's Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive program of education and exercise to help patients strengthening the heart and increase cardiovascular efficiency after a heart attack.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation team at St. Mary's Life Center includes registered nurses, occupational therapists, and exercise physiologists. The team works closely with the patient's physician to make sure the rehab plan starts in the hospital and continues on an outpatient basis with regular progress reports issued to the healthcare team.
In addition to exercise classes, medically supervised education is offered on diet, nutrition, oxygen use, anxiety management, and breathing techniques.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation program follows guidelines provided by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the American College of Sports Medicine. The department operates under the medical direction of a board-certified cardiologist. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations accredits cardiac rehabilitation. All cardiac rehabilitation staff is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. In addition, staff members receive on-going education and complete annual competency performance evaluations.